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Western Movies: A Guide to 5, Feature Films delivers what it promises: paragraph-long entries on 5, Westerns, each listing the title, release date, run time, director, writer, and cast, along with a one-sentence plot synopsis and a one-sentence evaluation. The entries take up three-column pages, and the name index takes up 58 five-column pages printed in even smaller type.
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Western Movies catalogs obscure serials, made-for-television films, foreign productions, and hybrid-genre pictures as well as familiar classics like Stagecoach , Red River , Shane and Unforgiven. Pitts preference for classic Westerns over modern ones, though never explicitly articulated, is evident in his critical judgments of individual films. Miller , and Unforgiven , for example—as overly violent, overlong, or simply overrated.
The entries—all 5, of them—are simply listed alphabetically, with no categorization or analytical indexing even in appendices, as in the Videohound guides that would allow a user to sift out Westerns by decade, setting, or theme.
ISBN 13: 9780786463725
Western Movies is, in the end, a reference book in the strictest and narrowest sense: a book designed to be consulted, rather than read, by users seeking a brief, authoritative shot of data on a film whose exact title they already know. Fans of the Western who relish the idea of such a book should certainly buy this one. Like the final print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica or the Oxford English Dictionary, it is the last, highly refined expression of a type of work whose day has passed.
May 26, M. I received this book as an Librarything Early Reviewer and am happy to add it to my collection of film encyclopedias. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry.
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Account Options Sign in. Top Charts. New Arrivals. Michael R. Pitts December 13, This revised and greatly expanded edition of a well-established reference book presents feature length four reels or more Western films, from the early silent era to the present.
More than new entries are in this edition. Each entry has film title, release company and year, running time, color indication, cast listing, plot synopsis, and a brief critical review and other details. Not only are Hollywood productions included, but the volume also looks at Westerns made abroad as well as frontier epics, north woods adventures and nature related productions.
Many of the films combine genres, such as horror and science fiction Westerns. The volume includes a list of cowboys and their horses and a screen names cross reference. There are more than photographs. Pitts has written 40 books on motion picture history and entertainment and has also compiled more than three dozen volumes of local history and genealogy. He lives in Chesterfield, Indiana. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Flowing text, Original pages. Best For. Web, Tablet, Phone, eReader. Content Protection. Read Aloud. Learn More. Flag as inappropriate. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.
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